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Thomas Stockett was born 2 Apr 1635 in Bekesbourne, Kent, England and died 23 Apr 1671 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Thomas and his brothers Francis and Henry immigrated from Kent, England to Maryland in 1658, followed six years later by their elder brother, Lewis.

Joseph Tilley, a contemporary and registrar of All Hollow's Parish wrote this entry into the registry: "About or in the year of our Lord 1667 or 8 I became acquainted wth 4 Gents yt were Brethren and then dwellers Here in Maryland the Elder of them went by ye name of Collo Lewis Stockett and ye second by ye name of Captn Thomas Stockett, ye third was Doctr Francis Stockett and ye Fourth Brother was Mr Henry Stockett. These men were but ye newly seated or seting in Anne Arundel County and they had much business with the Lord Baltimore then ppetor of ye Province. My house standing convenient they were often entertained there. Thjey told mee yt they were Kentich Men of Men of Kent(shire, England) and yt for that they had been concerned for King Charles ye First, were out of favor wth ye following Governmt theey mortgage wch was ye cause of their coming hither."

They were the sons of Thomas and Frances Aylesworth of Canterbury, England who were first cousins and grandchildren of Lewis Stockett, a member of the household of Queen Elizabeth the First.

Thomas was commissioned a Magistrate for Baltimore County and a Gentleman of the Quorum (Lower House) from 21 May 1661 to 1665. He was a justice of the Baltimore County Court 13th September and from 1666 to 1670, he was the High Sheriff of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. In 1670-1671, he was the Deputy Surveyor-General of Maryland and was a Captain by 1671.

One of his "indentured servants", George Aslop, published early historical and geographical accounts of Maryland life. In his writings, he mentioned the kind treatment he received from Capt. Thomas Stockett and the abundance in the Stockett Mansion. "Harmer's Town" was assigned by Godfrey Harmer to Thomas Stockett June 30, 1659, less than a year after the taking up of the land. We must, therefore, regard Stockett, and not Harmer, as probably the first white settler on the site of Havre de Grace.

"Bourne" was surveyed for Thomas Stockett June 21, 1661. It lies about  mid-way between the mouth of Susquehanna River and the mouth of Swan Creek on the Bay on the little creek once called Bourn Creek. A tract called "The Stopp," laid out for George Yates, March 24, 1679, is described as lying "at the head of the Bay between the lands of Captain Thomas Stockett, beginning at a bounded chestnut oak standing by a branch called Bourns branch, a bounded tree of the land called Bourn, and running up the Bay to a bounded red oak a bounded tree of the land called Barmers Town."

Proprietary and the Susquehannough Indians at Spesutia May 16, 1661, reads as follows: "That for prevention of mischief that too often happens by misunderstanding and not distinguishing Sasquesahannough from other Indians, the Sasquesahannoughs shall not come ordinarily to any other howse but the howse of Captaine Thomas Stockett or of Jacob Clauson from whence they shall have tickets if they have occasion to come further among the English plantations".

The eighth clause of the same treaty reads: "That the Sasquesahannoughs shall send all runawayes of the English down to Captain Thomas Stockett immediately after their arrival at the forte."

That the "howse" of Captain Thomas Stockett mentioned in this treaty stood on the land called "Harmer's Town," the site of Havre de Grace, is hardly to be doubted. This was the only land in Baltimore County which belonged to him at that date. So located, it was absolutely with reference to the Susquehannough Indians, a frontier plantation, as is implied in the language of the treaty. 

"Harmer's Town" remained in the Stockett family for almost thirty years. By a deed dated August 13, 1688, Thomas Stockett "son and heir apparent of Thomas Stockett late of Anne Arundel County, gent.," conveys to Jacob Lotten of Cecil County, gent.," all that plantation situate and lying on the west side of a river called Susquehanna River in the county of Baltimore at the mouth of the said river called Point Conquest formerly belonging to the said Thomas Stockett. . . ." The land conveyed is not called by its tract-name of "Harmer's Town," but the description of its bounds tallies exactly with the original survey of "Harmer's Town," and the number of acres is the same.


He wrote his will 23 April 1671, filed 4 May 1671

Stockett, Thomas, A.A. Co., 23rd Apr., 1671
4th May, 1671
To wife Mary the entire real and personal estate during life.
To son Thomas and an unborn child, if son, all land at death of
To daughters (unnamed) all personal estate at death of wife.
To cousin Henry White "I bequeath my Sorrell Stone Coalt".
To ... "I do give and bequeath unto my dear and loving Brother
Francis Stockett my Silver Seale with the arms of our family
Engraved theron".
Executors -- Brothers Francis Stockett, Henry Stockett and
Rachel Wells.